This issue of the Policy Studies Journal presents an excellent set of articles that reflect the mission of the journal, a mission that encompasses the depth and breadth of cutting edge research on policy making processes. The first three articles address environmental justice reflecting a further accumulation of knowledge on a critical topic. Environmental justice has been a consistent theme in the journal for over 20 years, and these three manuscripts reflect the forefront of research. The lead article by Konisky and Reenock () examines the incentives of regulators to engage in two forms of enforcement activities—political, in which regulators respond to mobilized interests, and instrumental, in which regulators respond to environmental risk. Using an original dataset that combines risk data from the EPA, census tract community data, and facility level enforcement data, they find that state regulators use both types of enforcement activities, but unevenly among communities. African American and Hispanic communities receive less regulatory attention, and, in particular, Hispanic communities that lack advocacy groups receive less attention, regardless of the environmental risks they face.Teodoro, Haider, and Switzer () address enforcement of and compliance with the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act on American Indian Tribal
Policy Studies Journal – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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